East Fife away appeared to be a difficult tie to start the season and so it proved for our young squad. However, the 7-0 scoreline doesn’t tell the whole story of the game and there were plenty of positives that our girls can take from the game.
We started with Louise in goal, Alice, Sarah, Libby and Sasha at the back, Rachel, Katie S, Anna and Catherine across the middle and Michelle and Jasmine up top. Emma and Katie R were the subs.
East Fife started with the wind behind their backs and a lot of the early play was up in our half but when we were getting the ball to our full backs and playing through midfield, we did manage to get the ball up to the forwards, where Michelle and Jasmine were causing the East Fife defence a lot of problems. We created a couple of half chances, with their keeper doing well to hold a free kick from Libbby with Jasmine ready to pounce on any mistake and a long range effort from Anna that had the keeper backtracking to save.
East Fife were creating chances of their own but were being made to work hard for them and when they did manage to break through the defence, Louise was (once again) on great form, saving at the feet of East Fife forwards on three occasions.
The East Fife pressure eventually paid off and they took the lead midway through the first half and got a second goal soon after but our girls heads didn’t go down and we continued to work hard and play the ball out from the back.
Our girls were putting in a lot of hard work but were beginning to tire as the first half was drawing to a close and we lost a couple of goals in the last minute of the first half due to nothing more than fatigue.
Katie R and Emma came on at half time to give us fresh legs and a bit more energy and we started the second half brightly but East Fife were a big strong team. Some of their link up play was very good and the big pitch was making it hard for our midfield to support the forwards as well as getting back to help out the defence. Despite this, the girls stuck to their tasks, their heads didn’t go down and they kept encouraging each other, which doesn’t always happen when things are going against you.
A mistimed tackle from Sasha gave East Fife a penalty but to no ones surprise, Lou dived down to her right and saved the well-struck penalty, before pouncing on the rebound to deny the onrushing attacker.
As in the first half, we began to tire as the match went on and East Fife’s strength eventually began to tell as they went on to score another three goals, making the final score 7-0 but our girls should be proud of their efforts today.
East Fife had a few of the players from last year’s U15 team – one of only two teams to have beaten Monifieth last season – so our young squad should not be downhearted with today’s result. The girls will learn from today and improve as the season goes on and the coaches are very happy with the commitment shown today.